Local cops are warning that Mexican cartels have brought their dirty rackets -- drug trafficking, the flesh trade, business shakedowns, money laundering -- deep into the United States as reported by Kelly Riddel for The Washington Times: "'there’s no doubt they're spreading themselves very rapidly and very deep into our U.S. interior,' said Rusty Flemming who directed the documentary Drug Wars and has testified before Congress about the drug trade."
Nine suspected MS-13 members have been busted by federal prosecutors on racketeering charges for their alleged roles in several murders and running brothels among other crimes in the Maryland suburbs as reported by The Washington Post.
MS-13 is among the more degenerate gangs.
It originated in Los Angeles, CA but now operates in at least five countries with more than 30,000 members. In the United States MS has so-called cliques in 40 states and about 8,000 members. Its money making rackets principally include drug trafficking and the flesh trade. In Northern Virginia 12 MS-13 gang members "have been locked up for child sex trafficking in the past two years" as reported by Pamela Brown for WJLA:
"We're seeing most of the cases coming from MS-13 with regards to sex trafficking and we've seen a number of those cases from the past year," said John Torres, Special Agent in Charge with ICE Homeland Security Investigations. "For us it's a disturbing trend."
In October 2012 the Treasury Department designated MS-13 as a transnational criminal organization under Executive Order 13581 which freezes their U.S. assets and bans Americans from conducting business with them, and in a follow-up move added six of the gang's purported leaders to the economic blacklist as reported by Jerry Seper for The Washington Times.
The gangbangers have become so entrenched in the sex trade in San Diego, CA that it is "almost at the level of organized crime" according to new study from the Urban Institute as reported by KPBS: "gangs running online prostitution, young girls being tricked or trafficked into sex work, and some victims being lured across the border into migrant brothels."
A prostitution ring allegedly was pimping out underage girls to Italy's power elite including "bankers, butchers, a United Nations staff member, a journalist and the husband of Benito Mussolini’s granddaughter, Alessandra Mussolini, a prominent politician in Silvio Berlusconi's still-powerful political party and a strong advocate for women’s rights in Italy" as reported by Barbie Latza Nadeau for The Daily Beast.
The Chinese government "has widened a crackdown on prostitution, gambling and drug use to major provinces across the country" as reported by Edward Wong for The New York Times: "since the start of the sweep, police units across China had investigated almost 1,500 cases related to prostitution, uncovered 73 criminal gangs, arrested more than 500 people and shut down more than 2,400 sites where sex was for sale."